Last season: 4-7 overall (2-6 Big 12).
Key Returners – The Wildcats will return 30 letterwinners, including 16 starters.
"Well, I am one to attempt to promote taking everything a step at a time, you know, and so, when the time comes, our youngsters will report on August 4th, and when that's here, I will be excited about that day," said head coach Bill Snyder. "Right now we have some things to accomplish today, and there will be some things to accomplish tomorrow."
Last season the Wildcats averaged
30 points per game, which was good enough for fifth in the Big 12 and
36th nationally. It was a balanced attack as
At quarterback juniors Dylan Meier and Allen Webb both saw action at quarterback. The two combined to pass for a little under 2,000 yards and rushed for 650 yards. Both are listed as co-starters heading into training camp.
Meier was injured throughout last season but Snyder thinks Meier is right on schedule.
"Interesting thing about Dylan, he went virtually the entire year last year, was hurt early in the season, at that point in time on didn't practice, with the exception of the running game and handing the ball off," Snyder said. "He didn't throw until Saturdays. Still he did a fairly decent job, fairly accurate thrower. So I guess the intelligence that he has and the understanding of the system will allow him to do that. I think now with him back being able to throw the ball on a regular basis and practice daily will be a great asset for him and for us."
Snyder said he expects the quarterback position to be very competitive this fall.
"I thought Allen Webb made an immense amount of improvement during the course of our spring practices," Snyder said. "I think the two of them, I think, are -- even though most people would look at them and say they are diametrically opposed in terms of what their skills are, but I think they are somewhat similar.
"Most people would think of Allen Webb as more athletic, but Dylan is an athletic young guy as well. So it will be interesting, quite obviously, but I think above and beyond all of it, what I appreciate is the opportunity for it to be very, very competitive and, once again, when you have those kind of opportunities for young guys to compete against each other at a particular spot, you would like to think that if they are competitive young guys, it will help improve each one of them."
The biggest hole on the Wildcat offense will be at running back – the NCAA's number 11 all-time rusher Darren Sproles will now be playing on Sundays.
"Well, you can't replace Darren Sproles," Snyder said. "I think we all understand that. We were an 11-win team before Darren Sproles for many years, and I would like to think that the youngsters we have -- it will be very competitive, I guess I should address it that way."
The four players vying for his position combined for just 77 yards last season, with 71 of those yards coming from junior Thomas Clayton. Senior Carlos Alsup, junior Donnie Anders and redshirt freshman Parrish Fisher will also push for playing time.
"We came out of spring practice with Thomas Clayton being our number one running back on the depth chart, and that's the way it will start out, but it will be very competitive, and it may -- any one of those four probably could fit into the spot," Synder said. "As I said, you can't replace Darren Sproles, but I think with Thomas and Carlos, those are young guys somewhat similar in style to Josh Scobey that you can remember played for us as a starter, and I think Parrish Fisher, who is a youngster from here in Texas, is an up-and-comer, and I think he really will be into the mix."
wide receiver position is pretty solid for the Wildcats with three starters
returning. Senior Davin Dennis and juniors Jermaine Moreira and Yamon Figurs
tallied over 1,100 yards and seven of
most inexperienced area of
Every season from 1998 until 2003
"We still have a ways to go defensively, and that's true with other segments of the program as well, but I think we have made improvement," Snyder said. "I thought we got better during the off-season program. I thought we got better with spring practice. I hope we are getting better during the course of the summer."
The top three Wildcat tacklers will return to the defense, along with seven players with starting experience.
Senior Scott Edmonds will anchor the line; he was a second-team all-Big 12 selection last season. He had a team-high 8.5 tackles for a loss and lead the squad with seven sacks.
There will be lots of experience
returning in the secondary with four players returning. Second team all-Big 12
performer Brandon Archer highlights that list. He led
Senior Ted Sims will begin the fall as the starter at middle linebacker. He was a pre-season Butkus Award candidate last season.
The K-State secondary will house the most depth on the defense.
Senior Jesse Tetuan has the most experience with 29 career starts. He was second on the team in tackles with 58 last season.
Honorable mention all-Big 12 punter Tim Reyer will return to the squad this season. The sophomore averaged 42.4 yards on 36 punts and ten of his punts went over 50 yards.
The Wildcats had the nation's number seven kickoff coverage unit a year ago.